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Personal Development

At Riverside Primary School and Nursery, we are passionate about preparing every child to become a happy, responsible and effective citizen. Our values-based approach is threaded through our entire school and ensures children develop their character to be prepared for life beyond school.  We consistently promote British values and our school values. 

School Values

Riverside Values



Appreciation Co-operation Love and Care
Tolerance Courage Patience
Friendship Independence


 British Values

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Developing personal and social responsibility
  • Respect for British Institutions

How we teach personal development in school

  • It is taught in discrete lessons through our PSHE curriculum
  • It is taught with cross-curricular links through The Learning Challenge curriculum and other lessons, such as English, Physical Education, and Religious Education. 
  • All staff consistently model how to be effective citizens who uphold the school values.
  • School Council
  • Eco Council
  • Volunteering - Playtime Buddy, litter picking, library monitor and lunchtime heroes.
  • Digital Leaders
  • Sports Leaders
  • Assemblies - Whole school, special visitors and celebration
  • Celebrating positive learning outcomes and effort with shared praise and certificates
  • A wide variety of after-school clubs
  • Competing in a huge array of competitions
  • Well-sequenced day and residential trips. 
  • Celebrating different languages, cultures and religions


Curriculum Progression Map


  • Healthy Schools Award
  • Eco-Schools Award
  • National Online Safety Certified School 2022
  • School Games Gold Award 2014 - 2022
  • Herefordshire Primary School of the Year for PE and School Sports 2018